February 8, 2023

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Drug shortages not only in Greece

Pharmacists in Germany are calling for a fight against drug shortages. They are sure that the situation can drag on.

The Federation of German Pharmaceutical Associations has asked the government to take action against the unacceptable shortage of medicines. The problem became especially acute before the New Year. Industry representatives report a number of supply chain bottlenecks:

We are experiencing great difficulties with the supply of medicines, especially in the last three to four months. There are not enough antibiotics, painkillers, antipyretics, medicines for the stomach. I think it will be like this for a long time. When we send a request for a drug, wholesalers respond that the manufacturer does not have it in stock. But the manufacturer does not explain why. We can only assume that this is due to the lack of raw materials.

The Federation of Pharmaceutical Associations, in order to somehow cope with the shortage problem, calls for an increase in domestic drug production and the lifting of price restrictions on some drugs. In the meantime… Pharmacies are establishing relationships with doctors to update prescriptions as quickly as possible and replace the missing drug with an analogue. And residents of Germany are advised not to buy medicines for the future.

As we reported earlier, the catastrophic situation in pharmacies in Greece finally forced to break the silence of the Minister of Health of the country. After all, both ordinary citizens and Greek pharmacists are desperate from a catastrophic shortage of medicines. Often a visitor to a pharmacy may hear in response to a desire to get what they need: “For a simple preparation, you may have to wait up to a month.”

Minister of Health Thanos Playris organized a meeting with the relevant authorities and developed pack of ten measures to solve this problem at a meeting held on January 2 with representatives of ΕΟΦ, ΙΦΕΤ, ΠΕΦ, ΣΦΕΕ, ΠΦΣ and a representative of the Panhellenic Association of Pharmacists.

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